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Adult Services

Support, Training & Tools for Independent Living

If you or someone you know are blind or visually impaired and need help dealing with vision loss or impairment issues, this is a good place to start. Future In Sight staff can help guide you to available resources and services that help individuals with vision loss increase independence, safety and quality of life.

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Orientation and Mobility

illustration of a woman helping a visually impaired man with a cane

Professional instructors from Future In Sight provide the skills necessary for clients with a visual impairment to travel safely and with confidence in almost any environment.

Points to remember:

  • Loss of depth perception can lead to difficulty navigating steps and curbs, as well as identifying changes in terrain outdoors.
  • When there is a marked decreased in central and/or peripheral vision, clients often struggle to identify landmarks or detect obstacles in their path.
  • Traveling pedestrian routes, crossing streets, and using public transportation can be extremely challenging for someone who is blind or visually impaired.

Orientation and Mobility instructors work individually with clients, assessing skills and teaching techniques that enable them to move around independently within the home, neighborhood, and work environments.

Connecting with us is easy! Simply call 800-464-3075, or email services@futureinsight.org.

Occupational Therapy

A female OT in a white jacket is talking to an older woman in a chairOccupational therapy focuses on reducing the impact of disability by promoting maximal independence and participation in valued activities for individuals that are visually impaired. The broad and comprehensive education preparation of occupational therapy practitioners enables them to address the multiple dimensions of disability, including physical, psychological, cognitive, and social, that prevent children and adults from engaging in meaningful daily occupations.

Occupational Therapy Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments:

  • Promote a satisfying life: OT’s can assist older adults to age in place and participate in their communities despite impairments
  • Modify Environments and Tasks: Therapists can help minimize or remove limitations to promote successful participation in activities of daily living.
  • Prevent Accidents and Injuries: Practitioners can evaluate safety and independence to then provide recommendations and/or modify environments.
  • Educate and Train: The therapists can provide training with adaptive devices and assistive technology to enable older adults to use optical and non-optical devices to complete daily activities.
  • The therapists are also able to work with adults to use their remaining vision as efficiently as possible.

Services are determined based on an individualized occupational therapy evaluation which includes a home safety assessment. Treatment interventions are performed in individuals’ homes to ensure the carryover of personal daily activities. The number therapy sessions to achieve functional goals for the client ranges depending on the client centered treatment plans. Services will be provided in the home to help facilitate safety and independence.

Connecting with us is easy! Simply call 800-464-3075, or email services@futureinsight.org

Social Work

Nurturing hands imageFuture In Sight provides a full range of social work services. These include information and referral, new client intake, case management, client and disability advocacy, and individual and group counseling.

While it’s important to turn to your eye doctor first when dealing with vision loss that can’t be corrected in the usual ways (i.e. with glasses or contact lenses,) many different kinds of vision rehabilitation services are available in addition to the eye care provided by your ophthalmologist or optometrist.

A member of our social work team can arrange to meet with a new client in his or her own home in order to determine what the vision issues are and to create a service plan. This assures that individual needs are met and that clients and their families are comfortable with the plan.

We often collaborate with other blindness organizations, such as state agencies and the VA Medical Center. Referral to other community programs (i.e. health services, social service and disability agencies, local and state organizations, etc.) can be helpful as well.

When appropriate, social workers provide adjustment to blindness counseling for individuals living with vision loss and their families. We also facilitate peer support groups for clients who are struggling to adjust to their blindness or are visually impaired.

Please visit our Success Stories page to read what our clients have to say about the help they’ve received.

Connecting with us is easy! Simply call 800-464-3075, or email services@futureinsight.org.

Low Vision

A person using a magnifier to read the newspaper as an example of tools to assist those who are visually impaired

Future In Sight assists people who are partially sighted so that they can use their remaining vision more effectively. Low vision evaluations and training in the use of low vision aids and devices is provided by eye care professionals and our low vision therapists.

The organizations low vision department provides assessments and demonstrations of magnification equipment and adaptive aids. The low vision specialist is trained to conduct a functional eye examination that focuses directly on how a particular person’s vision impairment affects day-to-day living. Hand-held magnifiers or special reading glasses can help our clients make the most of their remaining vision.

Recommendations might also include non-optical devices and solutions, such as improved lighting, closed circuit televisions (CCTV) and video magnifiers, large print reading materials, and a wide range of adaptive daily living devices and training. In addition optical and non-optical aids, low vision therapist provide information and recommendations to help clients make modifications to their environments so that they can continue to feel safe and comfortable in their homes. Changes can include improved lighting and contrast while reducing glare through the use of colored filters or window blinds. Sometimes simply installing a better light bulb next to a reading chair can make all the difference.

Assessments are by appointment and can be performed in our office or in the client’s home.

Connecting with us is easy! Simply call 800-464-3075, or email services@futureinsight.org

Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation instructors teach the skills that are necessary to live safe, productive lives by using and making the best of one’s remaining vision. Working one-on-one with our clients, the focus is on areas that enhance independent living, such as cooking, banking, personal grooming, and household management.

Personal goals are also discussed such as organization, crafts or a specific skill. Helpful aids and devices might include talking watches and clocks, signature guides, bold line tablets and pens, large-print address books, and aids for money management and banking. Our Vision Rehabilitation Therapists also provide devices and adaptations that make meal preparation easier, such as liquid level indicators, loud tactile timers, and placing tactile markings on appliances.

Since each person’s personal situation is different, Rehabilitation Therapists meet with clients in their homes to discuss their needs and make appropriate recommendations so that they are able to maintain independence and carry out a range of daily activities. Training in the use of recommended aids and devices is always provided, as well.

Connecting with us is easy! Simply call 800-464-3075, or email services@futureinsight.org

TEAP program for visually impaired residents of NH

NH TEAP Program

If your disability prevents you from using a standard telephone, we can help!

Telecommunications Equipment Assistance Program

 

The NH – TEAP provides specialized telephone land line equipment for people who have difficulty using a standard phone due to a disability such as vision loss, hearing loss or challenges to speech or mobility. This program helps New Hampshire residents with disabilities by providing financial and hands-on assistance, when needed, so they can acquire and use telephones especially to access emergency services.

TEAP Chart

Future In Sight staff is available as a resource to you and to help you with the application process. Our staff will help you apply for the program by coordinating the completion of the NH-TEAP Application form and the Disability Certification form which is also required.  They will use the information on your application to help select the best phone for you and provide support as needed.

TEAP: Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sign the Certification of Disability form?
An audiologist, primary care physician, nurse, eye doctor or the Future In Sight representative.

What type of equipment is available?
NH TEAP provides landline telecommunication devices to access basic phone services.

What are the income eligibility standards for the full financial assistance?
Some program participants qualify for no-cost equipment. Others share in the cost of the equipment. Please refer to the chart below for the full financial assistance eligibility.

Please contact us at services@futureinsight.org for more information. 

Read more about the program in this blog post.

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This program is administered by the NH Governor’s Commission on Disability and the equipment is the property of the Commission.

Adult Activities

If you or someone you know are visually impaired and need help dealing with vision loss issues, this is a good place to start. Future In Sight staff can help guide you to available resources and services that help visually impaired individuals increase independence, safety and quality of life.

Click here to contact us today. 

Our Adult Activities program series has a spring and a fall session with many fun and social events. Stay informed by signing up for our newsletter and blog emails. 

We organize many group activities for adults that are blind or visually impaired throughout the year. Check our events section to see what’s coming up soon!

Supporting the Whole Person

We believe in providing a comprehensive approach to support services for blind or visually impaired adults, which is comprised of the six areas outlined below. Each are important components that have a significant impact on overall wellness.

Six Key Areas of Support

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Six Key Areas of Support
Occupational Therapy Assistive Technology Low Vision Rehabilitation Social Work Services Group Support & Activities Orientation & Mobility Training Six Key Areas of Support

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists can work with you intensively to provide instruction about modifying daily activities to reduce limitations that your vision loss causes.

Assistive Technology

Instruction techniques include working with another person who is a sighted guide, as well as learning to use a white cane and Assistive Technology to build up independent travel skills at home, at work, or in the community.

Low Vision Rehabilitation

ISPs and resources for families with infants and toddlers with blindness and vision impairment in New Hampshire

Our licensed and certified Low Vision and Rehabilitation professionals will assist you so that you can maximize any remaining vision you may have.

With adaptive aids and devices, they can make simple enhancements in your home that will make food preparation and cooking easier, make reading or watching TV more enjoyable, and relocate items that could be trip and fall hazards.

Social Work Services

When you call Future In Sight, you’ll talk with a member of our Social Work team who will learn about you, your vision loss, and schedule time to visit you in your home to fully understand your needs.

Group Support & Activities

Seacoast Peer Support Group

With a diagnosis of profound vision loss, there is a grieving process that occurs. Reaching out to others who understand is very helpful. Peer Support Groups provide that opportunity. 

Throughout the year, we offer recreational, fun group activities at various locations around the state.

Activities include adaptive sewing, exposure to music and the arts and various outings to experience all that New Hampshire’s parks, trails and nature preserves have to offer.

Among other helpful services, our volunteer services coordinator can match you with a volunteer driver for our activities and events, grocery shopping or medical appointments.

Orientation & Mobility Training

If you are newly blinded or have deteriorating vision, our trained Orientation & Mobility Specialists provide instruction and training that help you to safely navigate your environment with confidence.

Six Key Areas of Support

 

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